You're looking for someone to care for your little one, but would you hire a nanny with her own kids in tow? A seasoned sitter comes with a host of strengths, but it's important not to ignore the challenges that accompany child care providers who are also parents.
Considering caregivers who are parents
From the benefits such as "real life experience" to the disadvantages such as leaving you without a babysitter when her own kids are sick, sort through the pros and cons of hiring a daycare provider who will care for her own kids while looking after your youngster.
Consider the advantages
Whether you opt for a child care situation where a babysitter will care for your youngster in your own home or you go for a caregiver who will watch your little one in her home, selecting a nanny who is also a parent comes with a host of advantages for both you and your child:
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Weigh the challenges
While the benefits of hiring a child care provider with kids of her own are abundant, some parents are hesitant based on some common challenges and concerns of having a caregiver with her own kids on the job:
Ask the right questions
Before you can make your decision on whether or not to hire a daycare provider with kiddos of her own, you'll likely interview your candidates. However, to come to an agreement with her on possible concerns without crossing any legal boundaries, you'll have to be careful in the way in which you pose your questions, warns Candi Wingate, president of Nannies4Hire.com. "From a legal perspective, there are many state and federal laws prohibiting employers from making adverse employment decisions based on an applicant's motherhood." So tread lightly.
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Still wondering if you should hire a nanny with her own kids in tow? It ultimately comes down to your gut. As a parent, you have the right to decide the circumstances in which you leave him with a caregiver so make sure you're comfortable. Whether you choose to hire an exclusive nanny or opt for a babysitter with kids of her own, be sure to make your expectations clear to avoid an awkward situation later long after you've trusted her with your most prized possession -- your own child.
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